Illegal arms dealers who sell ammunition for N500, arrested in Bauchi State
Operatives of the Bauchi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested some illegal arms dealers who ammunitions for as low as N500.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the suspects identified as Dung Bulus Rwang and Dachollum Yohanna were arrested with 1,360 rounds of live ammunition of 7.6mm calibre during a motorised patrol along Bauchi-Jos Road.
It was also learnt that An AK- 47 magazine was found in the commercial Vectra car the suspects were using to convey the ammunition.
Reacting to the development, the Public Relations Officer of the NDLEA in the state, Jonah Achema disclosed that the suspects who neatly concealed the ammunition in two sacks which were kept in the boot of the vehicle have already admitted ownership of the consignment they were conveying from Numan in Adamawa State to certain buyers in Plateau State.
It was further gathered that they confessed to being in the illegal arms business for a long time. Yohanne who disclosed that each of the ammunition was to be sold for ?500 only, said;
“It is a business for us. Things are really hard in this country and we need to sell these items so that we put food on the table for our families.”
While speaking with journalists on the incident, the Bauchi State Commander of NDLEA, Segun Kolawole Oke disclosed that the suspects and exhibits would be handed over to the Bauchi State Police Command for further investigation.
“The origin of the arms and the destination are both areas with rampant misuse of weapons. We therefore cannot take this issue of arms trafficking lightly.”